I Meditate New York
I Meditate New York
For Immediate Release

World Renowned Humanitarian and Spiritual Leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
to Lead One of the Largest Meditations Ever in New York City at Lincoln Center

New York City, NY, March 24, 2011: The Art of Living Foundation announced today that it is launching I Meditate NY, a movement to help New Yorkers recharge and do more of the things they love through the powerful benefits of meditation at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center on Sunday, April 10 at 7:30PM. World-renowned humanitarian and thought leader on meditation Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who has rekindled the tradition of this ancient practice and offered it in a form that is relevant to the 21st century, will kick off the event, guiding 2,700 participants in one of the largest meditations ever to be held in New York City.

I Meditate NY is an ambitious campaign that aims to increase awareness of the powerful benefits of meditation as a practical way to recharge and rejuvenate every day. It will provide trained teachers to go on location and lead meditation at any corporation, business, or organization that would like to host group meditations. Additionally, it will offer meditation classes on a complimentary basis at the Art of Living Center in Manhattan. The launch event will offer a unique opportunity to experience meditation in a new and powerful way to all New Yorkers, whether new or experienced. It will also feature music by 2011 Grammy nominee Chandrika Tandon and world music band Bhakti.

“Meditation is all the more relevant in modern times as we have greater responsibilities and ambitions. It not only provides relief from stress and strain but also enhances our abilities, strengthens our nervous systems and soothes our minds,” said Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

“New Yorkers are constantly on the go, multi-tasking between work, social life and family in the fastest city on the planet. No amount of sleep, exercise, caffeine and energy drinks can recharge your mind and body like meditation. I Meditate NY’s goal is to give New Yorkers unprecedented access to this ancient practice that is incredibly relevant to our modern lives,” said Manish Tandon, co-director of the campaign at The Art of Living Foundation.

Numerous research studies have demonstrated the health benefits of meditation. This simple discipline energizes the body and mind, helps reduce stress, while increasing focus and concentration and creates more harmonious relationships at work and home.

Working for non-violence and human values, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has spent several decades bringing peace to both individuals and communities. His two nonprofit organizations – the Art of Living Foundation and International Association for Human Values have brought trauma relief in regions of conflict and natural disaster such as New Orleans after Katrina and New York after 9/11 and PTSD relief to veterans of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, and Kosovo. As an advocate for human values, Sri Sri has been invited to speak at numerous global forums, including the European Parliament, TED and the World Economic Forum. He has reached out to more than 30 million people in over 150 countries.

In New York, the Foundation serves as a hub for several volunteer activities and has conducted over 150,000 man-hours of meditation related programs benefiting New Yorkers. Its Youth Empowerment Seminar! which is a character education program for high-school students, has been taught to nearly 7000 teenagers in 11 New York schools in the current academic year.

About The Art of Living Foundation
Founded in 1981, the Art of Living Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational and humanitarian organization working in consultative status with the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council on initiatives related to health, meditation, education, sustainable development, conflict resolution and disaster relief. For more information on the Foundations’ NY chapter, visit www.artofliving.org/nyc.

For more information on I Meditate NY and the event at Lincoln Center, visit: http://www.IMeditateNY.org
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